Epoch Booklist: Recommended Reading

By Jan Jekielek
Jan Jekielek
Jan Jekielek
Senior Editor
Jan Jekielek is a senior editor with The Epoch Times and host of the show, "American Thought Leaders." Jan’s career has spanned academia, media, and international human rights work. In 2009 he joined The Epoch Times full time and has served in a variety of roles, including as website chief editor. He is the producer of the award-winning Holocaust documentary film "Finding Manny."
, Joshua Philipp
Joshua Philipp
Joshua Philipp
Joshua Philipp is an award-winning investigative reporter with The Epoch Times and host of EpochTV's "Crossroads" program. He is a recognized expert on unrestricted warfare, asymmetrical hybrid warfare, subversion, and historical perspectives on today’s issues. His 10-plus years of research and investigations on the Chinese Communist Party, subversion, and related topics give him unique insight into the global threat and political landscape.
, Jeff Minick
Jeff Minick
Jeff Minick
Jeff Minick has four children and a growing platoon of grandchildren. For 20 years, he taught history, literature, and Latin to seminars of homeschooling students in Asheville, N.C. He is the author of two novels, “Amanda Bell” and “Dust on Their Wings,” and two works of non-fiction, “Learning as I Go” and “Movies Make the Man.” Today, he lives and writes in Front Royal, Va. See JeffMinick.com to follow his blog.
, Anita L. Sherman
Anita L. Sherman
Anita L. Sherman
Anita L. Sherman is an award-winning journalist who has more than 20 years of experience as a writer and editor for local papers and regional publications in Virginia. She now works as a freelance writer and is working on her first novel. She is the mother of three grown children and grandmother to four, and she resides in Warrenton, Va. Anita can be reached at anitajustwrite@gmail.com
, Kevin Revolinski
Kevin Revolinski
Kevin Revolinski
Kevin Revolinski is an avid traveler, craft beer enthusiast, and home-cooking fan. He is the author of 15 books, including “The Yogurt Man Cometh: Tales of an American Teacher in Turkey” and his new collection of short stories, “Stealing Away.” He’s based in Madison, Wis., and his website is TheMadTraveler.com
and Barbara Danza
Barbara Danza
Barbara Danza
writer
Barbara Danza is a mom of two, an MBA, a beach lover, and a kid at heart. Here, diving into the challenges and opportunities of parenting in the modern age. Particularly interested in the many educational options available to families today, the renewed appreciation of simplicity in kids’ lives, the benefits of family travel, and the importance of family life in today’s society.
November 19, 2021 Updated: November 19, 2021

Nonfiction

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Why Our Cities Are Failing

‘San Fransicko’
By Michael Shellenberger

In cities governed by progressives, extreme housing-first policies have actually exacerbated homelessness and crime. Underneath it all is an ideology that labels those affected as victims and absolves them of personal responsibility. Eye-opening and extensively researched.

Harper, 2021, 416 pages

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Secrets From a Spymaster

‘Disinformation’
By Ion Mihai Pacepa and Ronald J. Rychlak

Disinformation is so common these days that it’s easy to be deceived.

This book, written by one of the highest-ranking defectors from the former Eastern Bloc, explains how disinformation works, with examples from the Cold War era. It reads like a spy novel, detailing how the American public was manipulated and lied to through incidents manufactured by the Soviets. Once you understand how disinformation works, you’ll see it everywhere—and how it is pushed by media that denounce it. An extremely valuable book.

 WND Books, 2013, 429 pages

History

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Narrative History at Its Finest

‘The Civil War’
By Shelby Foote

Writer Walker Percy called this trilogy “an American Iliad.” This meticulously researched history—Foote spent nearly 20 years researching and writing it—has brought both praise and criticism from other historians, yet nearly all would agree the novelist-turned-historian tells the story of the Civil War like no other. Here is a narrative history nearly 3,000 pages long, and not a dull one among them. A stupendous achievement by a man whose publisher originally asked him to write a short volume.

Vintage, 1986 2,968 pages

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King of the Bootleggers

‘The Ghosts of Eden Park’
By Karen Abbott

George Remus dreamed of making a name for himself. In 1921, he owned 35 percent of all liquor in the United States. Fresh out of law school, Mabel Walker Willebrandt is also on track to make a name for herself as a pioneering prosecutor. Franklin Dodge is the investigator but is it Remus or Remus’s wife that he is after? And then, there is a murder. Abbott combines meticulous historical research with superb storytelling.

Crown Publishing, 2019, 319 pages

Drinks

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A Compendium of Brews

‘World Atlas of Beer’
By Tim Webb and Stephen Beaumont

Inside this third edition is a curated list of the essential beers and beer places throughout the planet, broken down by region, country, or even city, with fascinating elements scattered throughout—such as notes on Dutch beer bar etiquette or the state of hops. There’s also guidance for buying, pouring, pairing, and storing.

Mitchell Beazley, 2021, 272 pages

Classics

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Poverty, Grit, and Aspiration

‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn’
By Betty Smith

Set in Brooklyn in the early 20th century, this 1943 novel tells the story of the impoverished Nolan family and their struggle as they seek the American Dream. Francie is the center of the story, a girl who loves books and learning and who adores her father for his imagination and musical talent, despite his failure as a provider. From her mother, Francie learns grit and willpower. Like the tree growing in the courtyard of their apartment building, she refuses to be destroyed by her trials. A beloved American classic, and rightly so.

Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2018, 493 pages

For Kids

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A Great American Poem Is Given a Twist

‘Casey at the Bat’
By Ernest Lawrence Thayer and Patricia Polacco

Want to keep the baseball season going with the little ones? Read them this book. Thayer’s original poem is included, but Polacco’s additions and illustrations give us Casey as an arrogant boy who learns a lesson. Fun for everyone.

Putnam Publishing, 1997, 32 pages

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In an Old House in Paris

‘Madeline’
By Ludwig Bemelmans

This 1939 classic introduces us to the high-spirited and precocious young girl, one of 12 little girls who live in a “vine-covered house in Paris.” Young girls, especially, will enjoy traveling the globe with the irrepressible Madeline.

Viking, 2012, 36 pages

Jan Jekielek
Senior Editor
Jan Jekielek is a senior editor with The Epoch Times and host of the show, "American Thought Leaders." Jan’s career has spanned academia, media, and international human rights work. In 2009 he joined The Epoch Times full time and has served in a variety of roles, including as website chief editor. He is the producer of the award-winning Holocaust documentary film "Finding Manny."
Joshua Philipp is an award-winning investigative reporter with The Epoch Times and host of EpochTV's "Crossroads" program. He is a recognized expert on unrestricted warfare, asymmetrical hybrid warfare, subversion, and historical perspectives on today’s issues. His 10-plus years of research and investigations on the Chinese Communist Party, subversion, and related topics give him unique insight into the global threat and political landscape.
Jeff Minick
Jeff Minick has four children and a growing platoon of grandchildren. For 20 years, he taught history, literature, and Latin to seminars of homeschooling students in Asheville, N.C. He is the author of two novels, “Amanda Bell” and “Dust on Their Wings,” and two works of non-fiction, “Learning as I Go” and “Movies Make the Man.” Today, he lives and writes in Front Royal, Va. See JeffMinick.com to follow his blog.
Anita L. Sherman is an award-winning journalist who has more than 20 years of experience as a writer and editor for local papers and regional publications in Virginia. She now works as a freelance writer and is working on her first novel. She is the mother of three grown children and grandmother to four, and she resides in Warrenton, Va. Anita can be reached at anitajustwrite@gmail.com
Kevin Revolinski is an avid traveler, craft beer enthusiast, and home-cooking fan. He is the author of 15 books, including “The Yogurt Man Cometh: Tales of an American Teacher in Turkey” and his new collection of short stories, “Stealing Away.” He’s based in Madison, Wis., and his website is TheMadTraveler.com
Barbara Danza
Barbara Danza is a mom of two, an MBA, a beach lover, and a kid at heart. Here, diving into the challenges and opportunities of parenting in the modern age. Particularly interested in the many educational options available to families today, the renewed appreciation of simplicity in kids’ lives, the benefits of family travel, and the importance of family life in today’s society.